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FAQ

If the FAQ below doesn’t answer your questions, please ask us by filling out the online form provided on the bottom of this page.

Academic

Q: What programs are available in English?

A: The programs below are offered in English from the undergraduate level.
- College of Global Liberal Arts
- College of International Relations, Global Studies Major
- College of International Relations, American University-Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program
- College of Policy Science, Community and Regional Policy Studies Major
- College of Information Science and Engineering, Information Systems Science and Engineering Course

Q: It says that all the classes are taught in English, but can I take classes in Japanese?

A: In the Global Studies Major (College of International Relations) and the Community and Regional Policy Studies Major (College of Policy Science), students can take the classes taught in Japanese within their College if his/her Japanese level is satisfactory.

Q: Are the Japanese classes mandatory for all international students?

A: In the Global Studies Major (College of International Relations), the Joint Degree Program (College of International Relations) and the Community and Regional Policy Studies Major (College of Policy Science), international students take a Japanese language placement test during orientation at the beginning of their first semester. The language classes you have to take will be based on the result of this test. There are 6 different classes (level A to F) for international students.

  • International students will study Japanese as a Foreign Language.
  • If your Japanese is at a native Japanese speaker’s level, you must choose a language other than Japanese and take the required credits in the chosen foreign language.

Q: I'm interested in the Master’s/Doctoral programs. Where can I find information?

A: Please visit here.

Admissions

Q: Can I transfer credits that I earned from another school?

A: English-medium Undergraduate degree programs do not accept transfer credits. If you wish to enroll in these programs, you will have to start from the first year.

Q: I only hold Japanese nationality. Which admission systems can I apply to?

A: Admission systems of English-medium undergraduate programs are following.

Major Enrollment
College of International Relations,
Global Studies Major(GS)
April September
College of International Relations,
Joint Degree Program(JDP)
April
College of Policy Science,
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major(CRPS)
  September
College of Information Science and Engineering,
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course(ISSE)
April  
College of Global Liberal Arts April September

 For April Enrollment (GS/JD/ISSE/GLA), students who hold only Japanese nationality cannot apply through the ‘April AO Admissions, English based’ system. They can exceptionally apply if they have graduated or is scheduled to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located abroad.

Students with only Japanese nationality should look at the following pages here (Japanese only).


 For September Enrollment (GS/CRPS/GLA), students of any nationality may apply through the 'September AO Admissions, English basis' system.  

Q: I have dual nationality. Which admission systems can I apply to?

A: You can apply for either April Admission (‘April AO Admissions for GS/JDP/ISSE/GLA, English based’) or September Admission (‘September AO Admissions for GS/CRPS/GLA, English based’)
Please note that you may not be eligible for some of the scholarships which can be awarded to international students with a ‘Student’ visa only.

Admission systems of English-medium undergraduate programs are following.

Major Admissions
College of International Relations,
Global Studies Major(GS)
April September
College of International Relations,
Joint Degree Program(JDP)
April
College of Policy Science,
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major(CRPS)
  September
College of Information Science and Engineering,
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course(ISSE)
April  
College of Global Liberal Arts (GLA) April September

Q: Is there a maximum age requirement for applying to the English-medium Undergraduate Programs?

A: No. There is no upper limit for students applying to the English-medium undergraduate programs.

Q: Can I apply more than once?

A: Yes. Students may apply in more than one application period. However, students must submit a new set of application and pay a separate application fee for each application. Please refer to our Application Handbook, "5. Applying to Multiple Programs / Applying Multiple Times"

Q: Can I apply to multiple programs?

A: Yes. When applying to multiple programs during the same application period, you must submit a separate set of application and pay the application fees for each program. Please refer to our Application Handbook, "5. Applying to Multiple Programs / Applying Multiple Times"

Q: Is Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) required for the English-medium undergraduate programs?

A: No. International students are not required to submit EJU scores for application to the English-medium undergraduate programs.
International students who are looking to apply for the Japanese-medium degree programs will be required to submit their EJU scores. For admissions information on the Japanese-medium degree programs, please refer to here.

Q: Do the letter(s) of reference need to be written in the provided format?

A: No. Any format is acceptable. Please ensure that the letter provides all the information requested in the provided format. Also, the letter must be signed and sealed in an envelope by the referee who wrote it.

Q: What if my high school does not issue Certificate of Scheduled High School Graduation?

A: If your school does not issue a Certificate of Scheduled High School Graduation, please ask the school to write a letter indicating your name, date of birth, scheduled graduation date with the school stamp and/ or headmaster’s signature.

Q: I have graduated from / am enrolled in a university. Do I need to submit the transcripts of my university?

A: Students need to submit transcripts of all grades of senior secondary education (high school, junior college, polytechnics, etc.). Submission of university transcripts is voluntary.

*Regarding the JDP application, students are required to submit the transcripts for four years of secondary/high school(s)(grades 9,10,11 and 12 or equivalent). (e.g. All grades of your senior high school AND the third year of your junior high school.)

Q: Secondary school in my country integrates G7 to G12. Do I need to submit all 6 years of transcripts?

A: Students need to submit ONLY transcripts of SENIOR secondary school. If your senior secondary school has 3 (or 2) years of education, please submit 3 (or 2) years of transcripts accordingly.


*This information does not apply to students applying to the Joint Degree Program. If you are applying to the JD Program, please consult the JD Application Handbook here.

Q: Do all the applicants need to submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC)?

A: Students whose most recent 6 years of formal education before the enrollment date were conducted entirely in English do not need to submit an English language test score.


*This information does not apply to students applying to the Joint Degree Program or College of Global Liberal Arts. For details, please consult the Application Handbook here.

Q: Is there an expiration date for English Proficiency Test Scores?

A: The test result will only be considered valid if the test was taken within the two-year period prior from the start date of the relevant application period and if the test score is available during the application period.

Q: Is the application fee refundable?

A: No, the application is non-refundable. It is a mandatory fee to be considered for admission and required for all applicants.

Q: Is there any scholarship that covers the application fee?

A: No. Currently, there is no scholarship that covers the application fee. The application fee is required for all applicants.

Q: How can I pay the application fee?

A: The application fee can be paid by the following methods.

- Credit card
- Convenience Store (*only available for applicants in Japan)
- PayPal
- Alipay
- Yen-denominated wire transfer

For more detail, please consult the Application Handbooks available here.

Q: Can I send the application online?  Where do I send my application?

Yes. Ritsumeikan University has an online application system. Students should create an account then complete registration. Once registration is complete, students can apply online from 10:00 (JST) from the 1st day of each Application Period.

Please refer to the Ritsu-Mate Portal: www.ritsumei.ac.jp/applicants

There are documents that students must send by post/mail such as the Letter(s) of Reference. Please be sure to send by traceable EMS or Courier services (DHL, FedEx, etc.)

Ritsumeikan University
International Admissions Office at Kinugasa
56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577
JAPAN

Q: The Application Documents will arrive after the application period. Will it be accepted?

Our Application Process is online through our Ritsu-mate System. Everything must be uploaded within the deadline. Anything past the deadline will not be accepted.

Students must post/mail any physical required documents within the designated deadlines. This also includes within Application Periods. We will only accept documents that are postmarked by the post office or courier within the deadline time frame.

The University will not accept applications postmarked after the end of the application period. The University will also not accept an application unless we are able to confirm receipt of the Application Fee by the designated application deadline.

Please be sure to complete your Application online on Ritsu-mate Please be sure to read through the Application Handbook

The following link is to a flow-chart for applicants to follow through: Flowchart

A: If the application is postmarked or collected by the courier service by the relevant application deadline it is acceptable.

The University will not accept applications postmarked after the end of the application period. The University will also not accept an application unless we are able to confirm receipt of the Application Fee by the designated application deadline.

Q: When do I need to upload the required documents by?

A:Applicants must upload all required documents and complete their application on the System by 11:00 pm (Japan Standard Time) on the last day of each application period.

Q: Can I apply now and hold off the enrollment for a year?

A: No, you can not. When you make an application to Ritsumeikan University, you have to apply in the application period for the intended enrollment dates. If you decide after being accepted that you wish to change your enrollment date, you will not be able to defer your enrollment but must cancel your acceptance and reapply.

Q: What is the minimum grade I should have to be accepted?

A: Decisions are based on the overall assessment. There are no minimum grades/GPA requirements set for the applicants.

Financial Matters

Q: Where can I find scholarship information?

A:International students (students who will hold the status of residence of “student” while studying at Ritsumeikan University) will receive a fee reduction through the RU Tuition Reduction Scheme. International students in English-medium undergraduate programs are typically guaranteed at least a 20% reduction, with 50% and 100% fee reductions offered to the most outstanding applicants.

The tuition reduction is offered initially for one year, based on students’ admission evaluation. In second and subsequent years, the tuition reduction is awarded based on students’ grades during the previous year of study *Details on scholarships may change from year to year. *Details on scholarships may change from year to year.

For further information on scholarships, please refer to here.
For students of the Joint Degree program, other scholarships referring to section 3 of scholarship information page are also available.

For students of the Global Liberal Arts, Dual Degree Program, information about scholarships can be found on the college website here.

Q: How do I apply for the RU Tuition Reduction Scheme?

A: There is no separate scholarship application when applying for admission, but you should indicate on the application form that you wish to be considered for the scholarship. Scholarships awarded ahead of admission to RU are awarded based on application documents and the interview.
There are also scholarships which students can apply for after they are enrolled at RU. For more about scholarships, please check out here.


Q: When will I know the amount of reduction I will receive?

A: Notification of the award is sent to the successful applicants along with admission result.

University

Q: What are the key features of Ritsumeikan University?

A: Ritsumeikan University is a leading private university in Japan. It would be hard to list everything we have done and will be doing here in the FAQ page. Our main university’s web page can detail more information if you want to read on or if you would like a glance our university, take a look at this interactive site HERE

Q: What is the relationship between Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)?

A: RU and APU are separate universities but both are part of the Ritsumeikan Academy. RU and APU offer different programs and the enrolment procedure for the two universities are completely separate. However, as part of the same academy, the two universities have a close relationship.

Q: How can I find out more about the Ritsumeikan Academy?

A: Please refer to the University’s official site.

Q: How many international students are at Ritsumeikan university?

A: Please refer to Ritsumeikan University at a Glance.

School Life

Q: Student Life and Career Support

A: Please refer to these pages.

Q: Are students in the English-medium Undergraduate Programs able to become exchange students at one of RU’s overseas partner universities?

A: Ritsumeikan University currently runs exchange and study abroad programs with over 130 partner institutions around the world. In addition, RU operates the Dual Undergraduate Degree Program (DUDP), in which students can earn bachelor’s degrees from both RU and universities in the United States. If international students can fulfill all necessary requirements, they can become exchange students at our partner institutions/ join the DUDP. For more information on study abroad, please check out the site here.

* This information does not apply to students enrolling the Joint Degree Program.

Q: Does the University provide accommodation to international students?

A: Accommodation in a furnished apartment or off campus dormitory is available for International Students in the English-medium Undergraduate Programs. The style of accommodation depends on the campus the student is based on. For GLA students, Ritsumeikan University will provide on-campus accommodation at the Yasuhiro Wakebayashi International Exchange Center (*tentative name). 

Monthly fees: approx. 41,000 to 60,000 Japanese Yen

For more information on accommodation, please check the site here.



Q: Is it possible to find accommodation on my own?

A:  The University arranges accommodation for international students on the English-medium undergraduate programs who want it. If students wish to look for accommodation on their own, they may certainly do this. Please be aware, however, that many letting agents may not speak much English and all documents and contracts will be in Japanese, so unless your Japanese is quite good, it may be difficult to arrange things. Also, if you rent accommodation in the private sector, you should expect to pay the equivalent of a few months' rents in key money, deposit etc.

Q: Part-time jobs?

A: Please refer to here.

Q: Extra-curricular activities

A: Please refer to here.

Q: Are campus visits available?

A: Yes. We can typically arrange visits between 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Visits typically last 60 to 90 minutes. Please contact the International Admissions Office in advance.

Email: hello@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Contact

International Admissions Office

56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577 JAPAN

Your questions may have already been answered in the above-mentioned column.
Please check the FAQ on this page before submitting your questions.

You may submit your questions by filling out the online form provided below or email us at hello@st.ritsumei.ac.jp 

Information Request Form

*This form is only for the English-medium undergraduate degree programs.
For other degree programs offered in English at Ritsumeikan University, please refer to here.